Eloping simply means doing what YOU want on your wedding day, with a group of your favorite people (or by yourselves), somewhere EPIC that isn’t restrained by a wedding venue.
I’m a Utah local currently bouncing around from Utah, Hawaii, and California to help beautiful couples like you get married in some of the most stunning places in the world. I’ve been photographing intentional elopements for over 6 years now after shooting big weddings for a couple years prior - and I can honestly say there’s nothing more magical than having an INTENTIONAL, small and intimate day like an adventurous elopement to celebrate the beginning of your lives together. Trust me - I’ve seen it all. Eloping brings it back to YOU and your marriage, which I think is the most important part of a wedding day.
- Give me an iced chai latte with a beautiful, quiet sunset and I’m a happy gal.
- I have a goal to summit Timpanogos Mountain this year in 2023. Building up for Whitney in California one day soon!
- I have 2 boys under two and them along with my husband and our two dogs are my world.
- I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for God’s grace.
- I like the three main food groups: bread, cheese, and butter. Combine them in any way and it’s my favorite.
If you have no idea where to start when it comes to planning an elopement, that’s where I come in. Not only will I photograph your day, but I’ll also be your guide throughout any national park or region that you decide to elope. I know the permit officers in most parks to help make sure we have permission, and have many connections throughout the USA to help us plan the day of your dreams.
The truly candid stuff I’m talking about are those moments when you forget I’m there. When you’re wrapped up in your own world together - the music getting louder, your worlds getting closer. When you look deep into each other’s eyes and start to dream about your future together. When you start holding each other because you realize that this is it - your human is finally here. The rest of your life is with you right now.
Every friendship starts with some sort of foundation. I’m a huge food person - I’m always looking for a good atmosphere and delicious grub! And before we go out and shoot, I wanna make sure we get to know each other. A great way to do that is breaking bread together (sounds so old-timey, but I honestly love that term!). Let’s go get a burger and some beer, or ramen and sake, or pastries and coffee. You name it, I’m game. I want to meet you both face to face (not just over a screen), and hang out like pals first!
Those epic moments you see on the edge of cliffs are the ones that bring out the most in us. Being that close to God in a place like Taft Point, Yosemite at sunset will honestly wreck me every time. That’s why I think adventuring to the most beautiful parts of the world brings out the best emotions in us. And that’s why I want you to trust me when I say: I am down for all of it. Any adventure you can cook up, I’m here for it. Even if it means camping in below freezing weather. :)
The images that bring you back to an emotion are the ones that will forever and ever remain important to you. You’re not thinking about it now - but photography shouldn’t just be something on a checklist that you need to accomplish. Photography is arguably THE most important thing to invest in on your wedding day. Because you’re putting me in charge of your memories. And my goal is for you to have images that will last for decades to come, so you can relive your day, emotions and all, over and over again.
After you inquire through my website, we'll hop on a phone call to discuss more of your vision. After that, we'll start the planning process and I'll get right on it!
I'll send you a questionnaire right after you sign the contract - asking everything to help me further understand what type of location, region, and feel you're looking for on your big day.
After the questionnaire is filled out, I'll send you my location list that I've tailored to be EXACTLY what you're looking for. Location scouting is my forté! You’ll also receive my recommended vendors to reach out to, and I’ll also throw in a couple of recommended activities that we can look into for your elopement day (helicopter ride anyone?!)
Once locations are set, we’ll secure your permits together by reaching out to the appropriate people to make sure we have permission to host a ceremony and take photos in certain locations. (It's really important to work with a photographer who is knowledgeable in this area!).
Next, we’ll hop on another Zoom call once you’re date approaches and build out your timeline of the entire day out together.
I’ll fly out the day before your elopement to hang out with you! We can get drinks, food, coffee, you name it - and finally get to meet in person before we get you married!
Most of my packages include an adventure session either the day before or after your big day - hiking, snorkeling, swimming, exploring, and documenting the whole adventure you have together for an amazing story to tell about your wedding experience.
"Thank you Dani for being a huge part of our elopement to Yosemite! We are so grateful to have found you on Pinterest as you are one of the HUGE reasons why we eloped and chose Yosemite! It has been a pleasure to work with you for both our Palm Springs shoot and our elopement. You are extremely creative and have an eye for what you do. Thank you for giving us a breathtaking gallery that we will forever cherish! We hope that you can be a part of all of our future special events! We appreciate you!! We highly recommend Dani for your engagement and elopement needs!"
“Dani was BY FAR one of the most important vendors for our day because we felt like we were working with a helpful friend rather than a vendor, which also made her the most fun vendor to work with. Dani’s my favorite—I was a fan before and now I'm obsessed. I'll recommend her to anyone and everyone who will listen because she’s talented, amazing, and so incredibly helpful.”
"I felt such an immense sense of calm knowing that Dani was there on our big day, and I had the biggest burst of adrenaline and excitement when I received our photos. They captured every detail, every human we love, every moment that flew by. I will be proud of these photos and Dani's work for the next 100 years!"
"Dani thrives off of adventure - she does her homework and scouts ahead for places to shoot before the event, making everything more streamlined and smooth. Her editing skills are stunning and the moments she captures are unparalleled. When you hire her, you're putting your trust in HER and what she's capable of, and you really do gain a friend in the process. I couldn't recommend her more."
"I literally had happy tears reading about that day and seeing the pictures again. I will NEVER get tired of looking at these! You are so amazing and I am glad that we went with you to document our day!! It was so helpful for you to scout out beforehand because we never would have had such a successful day without you there for us and it was also such a great touch to have a meal with you beforehand! Oh and also that we got our teasers back the next day to look at! That was so unexpected and such a cool thing for us!"